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Psychology

Psychology, one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Saint Louis University, is the study of the human mind and how it works. Undergraduate students in SLU's psychology degree program can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. 


Major in Psychology

If you choose to pursue SLU’s undergraduate degree in psychology, you’ll study the behavior and experiences of individuals, families, organizations and institutions. Additionally, you’ll examine how biology, development, thought processes and social factors influence the human condition.

Professors in SLU's Department of Psychology encourage students to challenge their intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills. You’ll explore your academic interests through research, service and study. You may also have the opportunity to be an undergraduate research assistant in a faculty member's research lab.

The B.A. option provides a broad understanding of psychology as a preparation for professional schools, non-research-oriented graduate school programs, professional master’s programs in counseling, or as a general liberal arts career preparation.

The B.S. option is a more research-intensive program. Students learn research methods needed to study psychological processes and disorders. The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology. 

Both the B.A. and the B.S. include coursework in the study of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and applied psychology.

Curriculum
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • PSY 2050: Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSY 3060: Applications of Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSY 3120: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 3930: Disciplines and Practices in Psychology
Internships and Careers

SLU graduates have used their psychology degree as pre-professional training to go on to the fields of medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, education or law. Your strengths in understanding and reasoning about human behavior will also prepare you for entry-level positions in many additional fields.

An undergraduate degree in psychology can also prepare you to continue your studies as a graduate student with plans to become a psychologist, a profession that requires a Ph.D.

Faculty

SLU’s 27 psychology faculty members hold the highest degree possible in their fields and teach courses in clinical, social and developmental psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience and industrial and organizational psychology.

They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are nationally known for their contributions to psychology and related fields.

Minor in Psychology

To pursue a minor in psychology at SLU, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in psychology including “PSY 1010: General Psychology,” as well as one course from each of the four concentration areas: cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and applied psychology.


On-Campus Resources

Human and Organizational Behavior

SLU’s psychology department operates the Center for the Application of Behavioral Sciences and the Psychological Services Center. The first studies human resources and behavioral science to help organizations structure themselves for success, while the Psychological Services Center provides outpatient counseling, psychotherapy and psychological assessment.

Both centers give psychology students an opportunity to put their knowledge to good use and improve the lives of others.